NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mark Prior’s comeback may have hit another snag.

Prior suffered a bruised left forearm on Wednesday after being hit by a ball during batting practice. The converted reliever was hit by a liner near the wrist on his 20th pitch of a BP session at the Yankees’ minor league complex.

Since pitching April 18 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right-hander has made just one minor league appearance because of a strained groin and back soreness. He expects to pitch soon in a rookie-level Gulf Coast League game.

Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and made his previous major league appearance in August 2006. The 30-year old went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts for the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs in 2003.

Also, backup infielder Ramiro Pena, who had an appendectomy on July 18, has resumed a running program.

Will Prior ever see time at Yankee Stadium? Sound off in the comments below…

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  1. JHellow says:

    I truly hope Prior makes it back to the Majors. I watched him work with Tom House last year at USC and Mark worked very hard getting his arm back in shape. His mechanics are all but perfect and watching him deliver a pitch is one of the great pleasures in baseball.

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